Less than 24 hours after de-committing from USC and committing to Oklahoma, wide receiver Velus Jones flipped back to the Trojans.
The recruiting saga of three-star receiver Velus Jones took an unexpected turn Saturday when the Alabama-native announced on Twitter he will sign with USC, the day after he de-committed from the Trojans in favor of Oklahoma.
“I have made my final decision to attend the University of Southern California and I’m ending my recruitment,” Jones wrote. He also deleted Friday’s tweet in which he committed to the Sooners.
Jones’ recruitment had always seemed the shakiest of USC’s committed wide receivers. He originally pledged to join the Trojans in April last year. However, since he hails from Saraland, Alabama the question of distance loomed large, especially with Tennessee and Oklahoma pursuing the receiver.
That’s why it did not come as much of a surprise Friday when he flipped to the Sooners. The much bigger surprise is his apparent flip back to the Trojans so quickly.
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Interestingly enough, Jones is the second recruit to flip in such a short span this week. On Wednesday, 2017 wide receiver Derrick Smith committed to the Trojans before recanting within hours.
Jones is the 80th-ranked wide receiver in the 2016, according to the 247Sports composite ratings.
With Jones back in the fold, USC is set to bring in five receivers this class. Four-star wide outs Michael Pittman and Josh Imatorbhebhe are already enrolled for spring classes. Tyler Vaughns and Trevon Sidney, both four-stars, are also due to sign for the Trojans on Signing Day.
USC now is back to 14 commits for 2016 with six spots to fill before February 4th.